2016 has seen an unprecedented number of hockey teams attempt to break and hold the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Marathon Playing Field Hockey’. In the past 4 years, the record has been broken an incredible 7 times. Most recently, local opponents Old Southendians rose to the challenge and set the record at 53 hours and 11 minutes. Nevertheless, their place in history was shortlived; the University of Nottingham men’s hockey club took on the RAF and set the new record at 55 hours and 5 minutes of continuous hockey.
Now, it falls to Chelmsford Hockey Club to take the title by playing hockey non-stop, equivalent to the length of playing at least 47 games back-to-back.
The challenge will begin on Friday 1st July at the club’s home ground Chelmer Park. 32 players will go to battle to prove their steel, strength and stamina in over 2 days of continuous hockey. A remarkable feat by itself, Chelmsford intend to raise money to fund a new hockey pitch at Chelmer Park and coaching in local schools to improve facilities and opportunities for the local community as well as the club. Money raised will also be donated to Farleigh Hospice, a charity which is close to many at the club.
Throughout the 55+ hours, CHC will pull together to provide witnesses, umpires, caterers, spectators, First Aiders, photographers and runners to support the 32 players. To break the record, the same two teams must play against each other for the duration with very limited rest time. Once the event begins all the players must be present at the venue throughout the attempt.
To help CHC achieve this incredible feat, the entire 55+ hours have to be recorded as proof. The only solution for this? CCTV of course!
We can’t wait to be part of the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Marathon Playing Field Hockey’.